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So Discouraged

StimpySStimpy Posts: 2
edited 02/28/2015 - 7:56 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi There,

New member and wondering if anyone has any advice. I had microdiscectomy in Aug 2014 on L4 L5. Woke up with my left foot numb and had infection so had another surgery 6 weeks later to clean the wound. I have just went off work again. I have extreme leg/hip/foot pain that is worse with walking and down to a dull roar when sitting or laying down. For anything that requires any distance to walk I am using a walker or a wheelchair. MRI in Nov showed a small herniation at L4 L5 but dr stated he left that much during the surgery. I have been doing physio since November with little response. I am a waiting list for a steriod injection and if that doesn't work the dr stated he may have to do a fusion. My quality of life has dimminished so much...I am only 46 years old and feeling very very discouraged...any advice....I did have 1 treatment so far of scenar electrotherapy has anyone had success with this type of therapy??


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 02/28/2015 - 7:57 AM
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  • lw33llw33 Posts: 5
    edited 02/28/2015 - 9:13 AM
    Hi stimpy, I'd not heard of scenar therapy, but I have had good success with combinations of interferential electrotherapy in times of more severe episodes, and tens to manage pain when I'm 'coping'. Scenar actually sounds slightly more advanced. If it's anything like interferential, my experience has always been that it takes 3 or 4 sessions to see results. It gets me back on my feet and moving again. Of course everyone is different, you may not see the same results, but I sincerely hope that it at least eases your pain. Good luck.
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